BASF has now inaugurated its new production plant for
concrete admixtures in Nairobi, Kenya, the company announced
The production site will allow BASF to better meet the
increasing demand for construction chemicals of customers in
At the site, BASF produces standard and custom-made
performance admixtures from the MasterRheobuild and
the MasterGlenium product line.
We are now able to rapidly supply our customers with
admixtures for all cement and aggregate types, whether their
s are located in the urban
areas of Eastern Africa or in more remote sites, said
Dick Purchase, head of BASFs regional construction
chemicals business for the Middle East, West Asia, CIS and
"BASFs admixtures enable to produce concrete with
higher strength, and to increase its workability retention,"
he added. "This is of special importance in urban areas such
as Nairobi, Kenya, or Kampala, Uganda, where transportation
of concrete to the construction
site may take longer
due to high traffic."
Kenya is a particularly strong growing market for
construction chemicals in Eastern Africa, according to
Growth in emerging markets is an integral component of
BASFs strategy, said Laurent Tainturier, senior
vice president of CIS, Middle East and Africa at BASF.
In line with this, BASFs Africa strategy aims to
double sales on the continent by the year 2020.
"The new production facility will strengthen the product
portfolio in the region, and will meet the demands for
multi-story buildings, long-lasting infrastructural construction
s and more energy
efficiency in construction techniques."
Solutions from BASF also help to comply with energy
efficiency certifications for buildings such as LEED
(Leadership in Energy and Environment
al Design by US Green
The new production site in Nairobi is also a further step to
strengthen the global network of the Master Builders
brand, according to BASF officials. The
solutions offered by the brand will also strongly benefit
contractors from other regions doing construction project
s in Eastern Africa, as
they may already know the product portfolio and technologies.
Not only will BASF now be able to further contribute to
the building of sustainable structures in Eastern Africa, it
will also bring employment opportunities and expertise to the
regions construction sector," said Ambassador Amina
Mohamed, Kenyas Cabinet Secretary of Foreign Affairs
and International Trade.
The production plant is located in the Mlolongo area of
Greater Nairobi. It has good access to the road network and
the Mombasa Port to receive raw materials, deliver to
customers in Nairobi and Kenya and to export to neighboring
countries such as South Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania,
according to company officials.
BASF notes that it has been actively selling construction
chemicals to the
Eastern African market for more than 25 years. Other
production sites in Africa are located in Westonaria, South
Africa; Algiers, Algeria; Sadat City, Egypt and Casablanca,